This volume brings together experts in ethnology, anthropology, folklore, sociology and history of art, in order to discuss the varieties or religious expression through ritual performance, empirical ethnographic analysis and sensory modes of perception. The primary goal of the book is to re-centralize the importance of expressing religion through performance, art and the senses, and to approach performative action as religion in a variety of sociocultural, historical, political and spiritual contexts. The authors in this volume examine, in distinct yet convergent ways, how religion is creatively expressed, ritually performed and sensorially experienced at present and/or in the past. The significance of this book lies exactly on the richness and diversity of expressions of religion that are presented here, and on the multi-disciplinary dialogue that is generated among diverse theoretical, analytical and methodological approaches.
Eugenia Roussou is researcher at the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), ISCTE, University Institute of Lisbon. Clara Saraiva is a senior researcher at Centre for Comparative Studies, University of Lisbon (CEC-FLUL). István Povedák is a senior researcher in the Research Group for the Study of Religious Culture, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, and at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design at Budapest.